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Vikas Shukla

Vikas is a reporter and value investor. He has an MBA in finance and a deep interest in tech, science and politics.

  • Terence Clark

    Troubles such as?

  • Terence Clark

    While I can’t disagree that Musk is a business-man and Tesla is a business like any other, I’m not sure I fully buy the cynic’s argument on this. If you look at Musk’s record with Tesla and SpaceX in particular, he is more vision oriented than bottom-line oriented than many with his job title. Absolutely he intends to deliver to shareholders, but he has repeatedly shown an interest in taking risks that challenge his investors in favor of moving the market and technology forward. And ultimately that has been the greatest source of the rewards his investors have offered Tesla as clearly the traditional financial measures of success as a company aren’t the guiding factor in their support. Tesla is a disruptor because it’s value lies in its dedication to the pace and scale of its technology and not merely on delivering quick profits and market share.

  • Terence Clark

    I don’t have enough knowledge to comment on the fires, but the supercharger network would be separate from anything installed in a home, so the bulk of what’s being built out today and what others would want to conform to will be separate from whatever may have been home installed.

    In terms of Leaf and Volt, where their networks and vehicles fall short is largely in charge time, as I understand it. Tesla’s goal with the supercharger network wasn’t just to provide a Tesla branded charging network, but to provide a charger/vehicle interface that could offer significant charge (I can’t recall if it was half or full charge) in 20 minutes or less, which by their research was the average service station stop. No other providers I am aware of approach on this level. Additionally, Tesla’s batteries have generally longer miles/charge ranges than competitors, which are still viewed (accurately or not) as largely in-city commuter vehicles.

    But what Musk notes elsewhere is that the Leaf and Volt are the stand outs. Chevy and Nissan are the two main players out there with an electric vehicle and it’s the only model they offer while most other companies are either completely ignoring the zero emission vehicle concept or moving at a snail’s pace.

  • lookOatOme

    Please correct us for any inaccuracies, but was Tesla Motor technology the cause of several early garage fires? One in Irvine, California, and the other in Toronto, Canada. The later incident has never been explained by Tesla. At this time, no online article regarding Toronto can be found by us, that details the Tesla investigation’s final determination. Meanwhile Nissan Leaf and other PHEV are seen charging all over the place, without Elon Musk’s patents. Chevy Volt just announced a total of 500 million miles traveled, without Tesla patents. It looks as if PHEV and the Leaf, have eclipsed Tesla Motors last minute give away.

  • Andrew Goetsch

    It’s not complicated. The patents are mostly for the charging technology. It’s obviously in Tesla’s interest for other EV makers to use the same technology so charging stations will be standardized.

  • lookOatOme

    Colonel Sanders did not give his secret recipe away to kick off adoption of other fried chicken franchises. McDonald’s never gave away their secret sauce so that competitors could share in a million sold daily.
    Focus attention away from Tesla troubles ahead, might be the reason why Elon Musk doesn’t fit conventional business savvy.

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